the new nest protect is a cool & smart smoke detector — but is it worth the price?

Smoke detectors are a necessary, sometimes life-saving tool that can be, on occasion, annoying. They go off when you’re making brulee for your dinner party, chirp in the middle of the night when their batteries die, and create loud and brutal noises. These occasional blips seem like small things to suffer from when they do the job they are intended to do — a job that hopefully you’ll never need.

Now Nest, the company who is trying to reinvent the way we look at thermostats, has unveiled a new kind of smart smoke detector, Nest Protect. It is armed with an attention-getting yet calm voice that tells you what’s wrong (“There’s smoke in the bedroom,” it may say.), can be shut off with a wave of your arm (as opposed to frantic fanning with newspapers) and sends you an alert on your phone when the battery is low. It can even be set to glow like a nightlight. Oh, did we mention it’s pretty?

After watching the video below, you might think to yourself, yes, I need one of those! But then it hits. The price is $129 — not too bad, until you consider how many a typical house needs. We have seven. That’s nearly thousand bucks! Currently we are using a standard smoke detector that we paid about $30 bucks for. You can buy four of those for the price of one Nest Protect.

So tell us, what do you think: Are you willing to pay more for a better, smarter smoke detector?

P.S. A good rule of thumb is to change your smoke detector’s batteries on daylight savings time night… coming up soon on November 3nd!

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say that is way to much for a smoke detector. I may get a random beeping cause my batteries are out or it goes off when you burn some food but its not that bad, really.

This is a very cool idea, but I have to stick with the statement made in the latter half of the article–4 regular smoke detectors for the price of one nest detector. If everyone had that much money, I have no doubt this product would sweep the others off the shelf. Great article though!

I hate that loud beeping sound when the batteries are running low or dead just as much as the next person but the fact that this one detector is $130 is asking too much. Especially when you most likely need more than one in your home. I think I’ll stick to the loud obnoxious cheaper ones.

To answer your question, no I don’t think it’s worth the price. Cool though. But I can’t justify spending that much money on something I rarely have to deal with.

I just don’t see what is wrong with the smoke detector I have now. If there is a fire, it lets me know and isn’t that what its for?